Are you a Nerdy Teacher groupie like we are here at Technapex? Well, this summer’s your chance to follow him around the
country Deadhead-style as he embarks on his cross-country #EduTour.
The Nerdy Teacher, well known on the blog and Twitter-sphere among educators, is otherwise known as Nick Provenzano, a Michigan-based ninth grade English teacher. Nick is savvy with technology and writes about his experience incorporating it in the classroom, sharing his insights with his growing audience of nearly 25,000 followers on Twitter. Nick’s passion for edtech comes through in every blog post he writes, such as this plea to educators to make time for professional development: “As a professional, ‘not enough time to learn new things’ should not be in the vocabulary…As teachers, we have a responsibility to be lifelong learners. As part of that, we need to learn about the new tools that are coming out that can help us and the students.”
So Nick and his “#EduBro” Tim Gwynn, a technology facilitator in North Carolina at a K-5 school, are touring the country in the hopes of encouraging thoughtful discussion around education, not from leaders or edtech CEOs, but from teachers, students, and parents. Nick writes:
Back in December, I had this crazy idea about driving across the country to hear what people have to say about the current state of education. I didn’t want to hear from politicians that do not have anything to do with education or the education pundits that make their rounds on the Sunday shows. I wanted to hear from the parent who sends their kids to school every day. The recent college grad who has something valuable to say about the education they received. I wanted to hear from the people that we do not get to hear.
Nick lists the itinerary for the EduTour on the tour website, and we’ve included it below if you’re interested in meeting Nick and Tim along the way:
Thursday, July 25: This is the day of the Keynote where we will be launching the #EduTour. I will be doing sessions on Evernote and their partners. This will also be the first meet up and live podcast for the #EduTour.
Friday July 26 – Saturday July 27: Indiana to Kansas City – we leave Indiana Friday morning and make the drive to KC. Saturday night we will have a meet-up with any and all educators to hang out, chat education, technology and all things related.
Sunday July 28 – Monday July 29: We leave KC and drive across this great country to Denver. We will have another meet-up Monday night for all of those educators interested in getting together and having a conversation.
Tuesday July 30 – Wednesday July 31: We will leave Denver and head Salt Lake City. Wednesday night will be another meet-up for educators that are passionate to learn about the things Tim and I have done in our school with technology and just chat about important educational topics we are all facing.
Thursday August 1 – Saturday August 3: We head out Thursday for San Francisco where we will take Friday to rest our weary eyes and prepare for amazing conversations in San Francisco on Saturday.
If the EduTour is heading through your town and you want to help organize a meetup, Nick will be putting up a Google Doc where you can sign up to help — check the EduTour site for details. The EduTour not making a stop in your city? Not to worry. Tim and Nick will be live tweeting, podcast-ing, and vlog-casting throughout the tour. Follow @TheEduTour on Twitter, and use the hashtag #EduTour13 to stay in the loop.